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Top 5 Kids’ Real Tool Sets

***UPDATE: Some of these kits have been discontinued. Here’s a link to my updated 2014 Top 5 Kids Real Tool Sets.

Two years ago, I wrote about a kids carpentry set that included real tools that could do real work (it’s since been discontinued). Judging from the number of readers who viewed that post, there are a lot of people out there this time of year looking for a kids tool set with real tools.

If you’re one of those people, I’ve put together a list of the kids real tool sets that looked the best to me. A great gift to go with a tool set would be this tool box kit from Home Depot ($9.97), for a first official “project” to do with mom or dad.

This one is a 9-piece tool set from Grip-On-Tools, that includes drop forged, heat treated steel tools with double injected grip handles (wow. fancy.). Includes a 6″ adjustable wrench, 6″ slip joint pliers, 5″ long nose pliers, scissors, 7 oz claw hammer, two 4″ screwdrivers (flat, phillips), 12″ x 5/8″ tape measure, and a storage bag. It’s recommended for kids 4 and up (with adult supervision of course. Those scissors look pretty sharp to me.):

grip-tool-set

$24.99 at Amazon.com

The next is a 12-Piece LIL HELPER Junior Tool Set from Lowe’s. It’s made of plastic and steel and includes a Slotted Screwdriver,Phillips Screwdriver,5-Inch Mini Scissor,6-Inch Long-Nose Pliers,6-Inch Slip-Joint Pliers,6-Inch Diagonal-Cutting Pliers,6-Inch Adjustable Wrench,8-ounce Claw Hammer with Fiberglass Handle,12-foot Tape Measure,Safety Glasses,Pouch for packing up the tools and a work apron. Wouldn’t it be so much cuter with your kid’s name instead of “LIL HELPER” on the pouch and apron? Ah well, I guess it’s not always about being cute:

lowes-tool-kit

$19.98 at Lowes.com

Next, the KR Tools 12-Piece Builders Pal Children’s Tool Kit with Bonus Flashlight. It includes Two pouch four pocket Vinyl Tool Belt,6 ounce claw hammer, 10-foot tape measure,9-inch magnetic torpedo level,safety glasses,adjustable hard hat,leather gloves,6-inch try square,chalk line/plumb bob,4 ounce bottle of chalk,10-inch ruler, bonus flashlight, and perhaps most importantly, MORK FROM ORK SUSPENDERS!

walmart-tool-set

$28.99 at Amazon.com

This next Brico set includes a solid wood tool caddy so you wouldn’t need to get the Home Depot kit. It also has an 8-oz. claw hammer with easy grip handle,10′ tape measure with belt clip, 9″ level,3/16″ x 3″ slotted screwdriver, 1″ x 3″ phillips screwdriver, 6″ slip joint pliers, 6″ adjustable wrench, 6″ carpenter’s square, 10″ ruler and safety goggles.

brico-kids-tool-set

$37.99 at AlgraShopping.com

Finally, Restoration Hardware’s tool set for kids. It’s called a 25-piece tool set, but that includes a 9-piece socket set and an 8-piece hex key set, which is kind of cheating in my opinion. This “collection of high-quality steel tools” also includes a 1/4″-drive ratchet handle; two screw drivers (Phillips and standard); an 8-oz. claw hammer; 6″ slip-joint pliers; a 6′ tape measure; and a flashlight (two AA batteries not included). It’s recommended for ages 8 and up. Comes in a “sturdy truck-shaped plastic case”.

rh-tool-set

$26.99 (marked down from $39) at restorationhardware.com

If you know of any others, or have any of these tool sets, I’d love to hear what you think.

Posted Sunday, November 22, 2009 in Gifts, Kids

10 Comments »

  1. Jeff on January 27th, 2010 at 8:17 am:

    I can across your blog about kids tools and thought you might like to see ours as well, we have been making a real leather tool belt for boys and girls with real tools for quite a few years. You can see it on our website at Buckaroostore.com
    It is made in Colorado, USA.

    Thank you

  2. bitmaster on May 4th, 2010 at 3:04 pm:

    Thanks for the list. I came across your post after a long online search for a REAL tool set for kids that is sized for kids. This is exactly what I was looking for.

  3. Angie on June 5th, 2010 at 2:53 pm:

    Thank you for the ideas. It looks like Lowe’s no longer carries the Lil Helper.

  4. qcmomto3 on August 19th, 2010 at 7:32 pm:

    Great list and just what I was looking for. Thanks!

    @Angie: I was able to find it on the Lowe’s site:

    http://tiny.cc/dl4d6

    http://tiny.cc/dl4d6

  5. Elaina on September 26th, 2010 at 6:19 pm:

    I just spotted another kids real tool set that looks like a good one. It’s called Allied Jr Mechanic’s Children’s Tool Set in Racing Car Case and is $24.90. Here’s the link: http://www.arizonatools.com/tools/gift-ideas-and-kids-tools/detail/ALL69098/

  6. nathaniel ginor on October 31st, 2010 at 6:33 pm:

    I cant find that awesome looking natural wood carpentry set – not on Lilian Vernon and not anywhere. has anyone seen it somewhere else? my 6 year old would LOVE IT.
    thanks

  7. Tiffany Ambriz on November 2nd, 2010 at 11:42 pm:

    Thank you! I was looking for beginning tools for my 8 year old son for Christmas. This was a God-send for me. He is going to be sooo happy! Thank you thank you thank you!

  8. Elaina on November 5th, 2010 at 10:07 pm:

    @nathaniel – I haven’t been able to find this set anywhere else. It may have been discontinued.
    @Tiffany – I’m so glad this helped you! Let us know which tool set you chose and what you think!

    Also, I just checked all the links, and a few of the sets have dropped in price!

  9. John from Texas on July 29th, 2011 at 7:23 am:

    I found a sears child’s carpenter tool set in a metal box with the original paperwork it’s from the 60′s they’re real tools how much can I sell it for.

  10. Elaina on August 16th, 2012 at 10:33 pm:

    John, I’m not sure — but you might check craigslist or eBay to see what similar tool sets are selling for.

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